One of the best documentaries about the making of a film, Lost In La Mancha is getting a big screen re-release next month.

Remarkably, it’s been 20 years since the release of one of the finest films ever about the making of a movie. Or in this case, the making of a non-movie. Lost In La Mancha charts filmmaker Terry Gilliam’s attempt to realise his dream project, a film of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. In more recent times, he’s finally got the movie made. However, for a long time it went unmade, and infamously, he started shooting the film with Jean Rochefort in the lead role, but had to shut down production.

Lost In La Mancha, directed by Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton, tells the story of that aborted effort, and it’s a remarkable film. Very much warts and all, it’s telling that two decades after its original release, its impact is such that it’s getting an anniversary re-release.

The film is – courtesy of Blue Finch releasing – set to return to cinemas on April 15th 2022, and on the same day it’s getting a fresh digital release as well. If you’ve not seen it, it remains really quite something. And if you’ve got the slightest interest in filmmaking, I really can’t recommend seeking the movie out enough…

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